Watching Leadership Happening!

Our youngest granddaughter asked for the book “Tomorrow When The War Began” for Christmas.

She waxed lyrical about it. We bought it and gave it to her.

Last week I saw the DVD at the Video shop and thought it may be worthwhile seeing what she was so interested in. I brought it home.

Not knowing what i was about to watch I approached with an open and interested mind.

Suddenly I realised I was in a Leadership Development Arena.

Here were a group of young adults, each with their take on life so far showing through their behaviours.

Their beliefs were very definitely rather mundane. The kind of things people in ordinary, non challenging lives may focus on.

You could go as far as saying that they were living boring lives. A bit like Thoreau in “Walden” when he said that “Most men (People) lead lives of quiet desperation.”

This reminds me of so many of the people I observe today. So caught up in other peoples expectations or conforming to fit in, or disillusioned by those in charge that they have given up their ability to have a choice in what is going on.

Suddenly in the movie they become aware of a total change in their environment, things are no longer the same.

It is then that we begin to see a change in these people, as is normal, the change is different in each of them and happens at different speed and times.

The one consistent is that each of them moves into Leadership roles, albeit, one at a time, but they do, promptd by different circumstances as their differing personalities deal with the changing events.

I was actually quite glued to the television as I watched this DVD, intrigued by the lesson that was unfolding in front of me as to what Leadership truly is.

None of the people seemed right initially. Definitely no “born to the role” contenders.

Some definitely were painted as not having a ounce of leadership material in them.

Some changed quite dramatically and took on roles that were 180 degrees in the opposite direction to the earlier expectations described.

As with everything in life there are a variety of ways that leadership can pan out. Different members of the group responded in differing ways. Some more effectively than others.

My constant awareness was that if they had been better aware of what was going on within their own processing, what was making them tick, then they would have been in a far better position to choose the best way to respond to the challenges of leadership that were thrown up to them.

I know that it sounds like a broken record but each of the young adults in the movie beautifully represented differing personality profiles, different profile behaviours.

With a better understanding of the default that they were coming from as well as that of their friends, they would have been much better able to understand why they responded the way they did and better understand why their friends responded the way they did.

What is more they would have been able to intuit better ways that they could have responded. It is one thing to know why you have done something the way you have done it. It is another totally different thing to know better ways that you could respond whilst in that specific situation.

That is Leadership! The movie showed the differing ways that leadership played out in this particular story. With a far deeper nderstanding of their potential they could have been even better, more successful Leaders.

Do you know your leadership style? Would you like to better understand what your leadership style could be?

If so just make a note in the comments. It could be the beginning of your leadership style’s coming out and becoming obvious.

P.S. I note that this book is part of a long series. We will see how leadership plays out with them by reading or waiting till the next movies come out in the next few years.


Posted on April 25, 2011, in behaviour typing, Culture, growing, honesty, leadership, Management, openness, Persistence, personality profiling, searching, vulnerability. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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